New Writers’ Programme

Exciting Announcement:

Fully Funded Linklater method Voice Coaching Workshop for New and Emerging Poets

Hellens Manor, Ledbury, HR8 2LY

15th – 18th May, 2017

FREE to attend

 

We are now receiving entries!

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Poet practising in the Great Hall, Hellens Manor, Ledbury during voice coaching workshop Credit: Amy Key

 

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Ledbury Poetry Festival is pleased to announce the residential voice coaching workshop for new and emerging poets will again be held. We are very grateful to The Fenton Arts Trust for generously supporting this in 2017.

Our 3 day residential voice coaching workshop is for poets who have at least one collection published, are starting to get readings and are looking to strengthen their performance style. Trained Linklater Voice coach, Francoise Walot, with several years’ experience working with poets, will lead the workshop.

Feedback from previous years’ workshops has been overwhelmingly positive:

“The workshop has been life-changing. I cannot tell you how much I have needed to draw on it” Mona Arshi

“I don’t believe I have ever before encountered such generosity in any workshop situation. The joint commitment of the Festival and its funders to supporting emerging poets is quite extraordinary and deeply appreciated.” Ian Tromp

“ It is an experience I will treasure and think about for years to come; the people, the place, the supportive atmosphere, the time and space given to think about how to read the poems” Dorothy Lehane

How to apply:
Poets and/ or publisher send

  • a brief bio with publisher details
  • a short statement why the workshop is right at this time in their career max 100 words

to manager@poetry-festival.co.uk

Applications close Monday 17th April!

 

For more information on Kristin Linklater and “Freeing the Natural Voice”, press here

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Poets attending 2015 voice coaching workshop. Kristin Linklater seated

The beautiful setting of Hellens Manor

The beautiful setting of Hellens Manor

 

The beautiful setting of Hellens Manor

 

The Festival is also grateful to Jerwood Charitable Foundation for its generous support getting this programme running in 2015.

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Versopolis: Promoting and translating emerging poets in partnership with 10 other European Festivals 

Ledbury Poetry Festival is part of Versopolis. This is a European poetry platform that creates new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme and coordinated by Beletrina Academic Press, who also organises the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival.

Excellent poets write poems in every language but are often unknown beyond the boundaries of the language they write in. The aim of Versopolis is to change this, creating a unique, Europe-wide platform that gives emerging European poets the chance to reach an international audience and meet poets from other countries.

For 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival selected five emerging poets: Eleanor Rees, Liz Berry, Kim Moore, Adam Horovitz and Meirion Jordan.

In its first year the Versopolis project will promote 55 authors and their poetry, united under its motto ‘where poetry lives’, along with 11 festivals, which will act as literature promoters and publishers in the European literary space. The Versopolis platform involves the following literary/poetry festivals:
ARS POETICA, Slovakia;
GENOA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Italy;
?MEÅS INTERNATIONELLA LITTERATURFESTIVAL, Sweden;
INSTYTUT KULTURY MIEJSKIEJ (CITY CULTURE INSTITUTE), Poland;
LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL, Great Britain;
STRUSKI VECERI NA POEZIJATA (STRUGA POETRY EVENINGS), Macedonia;
POETINIS DRUSKININK? RUDUO (DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL), Lithuania;
FELIX POETRY FESTIVAL, Belgium;
GORANOVO PROLJE?E (GORAN’S SPRNG), Croatia;
LITERATURE & WINE FESTIVAL, Austria;
DNEVI POEZIJE IN VINA (DAYS OF POETRY AND WINE), Slovenia.

Versopolis will help authors already established in their home countries spread their poetry across borders, its first and foremost aim being to promote European poets and their work and to create a close-knit poetic community.

Beletrina says it wants to see “not only canonised and widely recognisable poets reach the consciousness of European literature lovers”, but the voices of younger generations “also gain their place”. It added that the selected poets “will receive attention through performances and translations of their works on a digital platform”.

Ledbury Poetry Festival has a strong programme to help new writers -which gives them the skills, training and performance opportunities to help further their careers.

We do this in a number of ways:

The international poetry competition has been running for a number of years.  Previous winners have gone on to be published and to win major prizes. Jacob Polley one of our first winners was short listed for the TS Eliot prize in 2013.  Winners are often invited back and given readings in a main venue as their career progresses.  Mick Wood a former winner was commissioned by the Festival in 2013 for a theatrical poetic piece which was performed this summer.  This year’s poetry competition is launched in February 2017.

In addition we programme a series of 20 minute events in the Panelled room at the Master’s House where new writers have the chance to perform in front on an audience.  These events are free to attend and are becoming increasingly popular. Poets have the opportunity to sell pamphlets or books -small presses are also welcome and have the opportunity to market their titles.

The Festival also runs a young poet in residence scheme.  This gives a winner of the Eric Gregory awards and a winner from the Foyle Young Poets’ award the opportunity to attend a Festival for free, to give a reading with an established poet and offers them editorial help with an established poet over a series of one to one sessions.

We give a platform to winners of three major awards: The National Poetry Society’s Competition, The Eric Gregory Award and the Foyle Young Poets’ of the Year Award.

This programme is incredibly important to us; new poets and new writing are the life blood of the Festival. For the audience there is nothing more exciting than hearing a new voice that hits a chord.

We can only run this programme with support from trusts and foundations. We  thank the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for its support in 2015, and the Fenton Arts Trust and Foyle Foundation in 2016, and once again we are delighted to be working with Fenton in 2017.